Florida Supreme Court upholds murder conviction, death penalty

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Toney Davis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction and death sentence for Toney Deron Davis. In 1995, Davis was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and sexual battery.

In December 1992, the victim, 2-year-old Caleasha Cunningham, was left under Davis' care while her mother ran an errand. During that time, an acquaintance of the defendant arrived at the apartment and found the child injured. The victim was found wet, unconscious, and bleeding from her mouth. Doctors examined the child and found bruising, swelling of the brain, and pools of blood in the skull.

The girl later died as a result of four separate blows to the head, which caused a cerebral hemorrhage.

In 1995, Davis was found guilty and sentenced to death. He appealed, and each court which reviewed the case upheld his conviction and sentence.  Davis appealed again to the Florida Supreme Court, which has now denied this latest set of claims.